Humboldt State University

First Year Connections

Freshman interest groups

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  • Humboldt Outdoor Wilderness Leadership Program
students in the outdoors

As a first year student at HSU, you're invited to join these and several other amazing day trips and multi-day adventures.

Explore Your Opportunities

Nestled between lush redwood forests, pristine beaches and beautiful river ecosystems, Humboldt State University is located in a world renowned recreational paradise. Explore your new surroundings on the adventure of your choice and let us take care of the details. Choose from a one-day excursion or an overnight expedition to include cycling, hiking, kayaking, rafting and surfing.

Please Note - These trips are only open to new HSU students AND their family members or guests. Trips will fill to capacity, so reserve your spot as early as possible. While we keep waiting lists, it is often difficult to fill a last-minute opening.



We often receive rave reviews from students who spent a weekend exploring with us, and have gained a new appreciation for the environment and their new outdoor skills. We hear just as much positive feedback about the friendships these students built during their weekend in the wild. Starting a new life far from home can be intimidating at first and the Outdoor Adventure program is a great opportunity to meet other students who are new to Humboldt.



So, you've never rock climbed in your life and you don't own a pair of those odd-looking climbing shoes—can you still participate in the trip? Absolutely. No experience is required for any of these trips. We have patient, experienced guides who will teach you how to have a safe and fun time in all of these adventures. If gear (like surfing wetsuits or hiking backpacks) is required and you don't already own any, we can rent you the items.

Whether you have family members who are in town and are looking for something to do or you are a Transfer Student looking to meet other Transfer Students, we have options for you. Please look at our class descriptions to determine which adventures would best suit your interests.

The only skill requirement that we have is this: every student who participates in an aquatic activity must be "water safe." This means that you should be able to swim at least 50 yards, using any stroke, and then be able to tread water for five minutes. Not sure that you can do that? Still have questions?


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